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post #1 of 16 Old 07-29-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Trunk Latch Broken/Jammed

I recently went to pull the truck release latch in the driver's foot well of my 2003 Accord sedan, I nothing happen. Not that the trunk didn't open, its that the lever didn't budge. I can't pull it with out presumably breaking it. The gas tank door and its part of the lever work (thank god lol) and my trunk opens with the remote and lock on it directly. There is no damage to either the truck lock mechanism or the lever. Is the cable some how stuck somewhere in the car?

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(This is as far as I can pull the lever)



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I would say it's the cable. I've seen a 06 Civic with the same issue and that's what it boiled down to. Don't remember how much it cost to fix the issue, but a dealer was able to take care of it.

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I would say it's the cable.
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This.
Is there not a cable that runs from this lever to the trunk latch? Nerveless, I believe this could resolve your issue OP.

Trunk won't open using driver trunk release hatch
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Take that trim piece around the lever off and make sure everything is connected as it should be.
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Your trunk lock is on "lock." Even when locked, the gas tank can still open. Just trun the key 90 degrees and try again.

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unlock it
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$5 says he unlocks it and is too embarrassed to admit it was simply locked.....lol.

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According to the photo, the key slot is not in the locked position, but there is damage around the plastic. He should insert the key and turn the lock both directions and try to pull up on the trunk release.
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Honestly I never knew what that lock did. I'm still not sure what the point of it is...
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Honestly I never knew what that lock did. I'm still not sure what the point of it is...
It allows you to lock the trunk and give a valet driver your valet key so they cannot steal items out of your trunk. The valet key cannot open the trunk or unlock the trunk release. It can only unlock the door and start the engine. It also makes it harder to steal items out of your trunk if someone broke into your car. Your trunk does not have a key-lock to break out and force open. If someone broke into your car, they can pull the release and take anything out of your trunk. Locking the lever would make it a little more difficult to get into the trunk.
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Locking the lever would make it a little more difficult to get into the trunk.
"Little more" is correct. I had a 1992 Civic EX (best handling Civic ever made!) and kept the trunk locked. Some crackhead in DC broke into my car, used his hand to force the lever up (even though it was "locked"), and took my business school books out of the trunk. They were worth $300. Bought them back at the local pawn shop/book store for $25 three days later.

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It allows you to lock the trunk and give a valet driver your valet key so they cannot steal items out of your trunk. The valet key cannot open the trunk or unlock the trunk release. It can only unlock the door and start the engine. It also makes it harder to steal items out of your trunk if someone broke into your car. Your trunk does not have a key-lock to break out and force open. If someone broke into your car, they can pull the release and take anything out of your trunk. Locking the lever would make it a little more difficult to get into the trunk.
That makes perfect sense
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Wow! Thanks for all the replies. Yes, I have tried locking and unlocking it and it still is jammed in both positions. Also, I took that plastic piece off, and removed a screw, but I would have had to pull way to hard to remove it, and I honestly though I would break it. I will try to remove it again now, and will post if anything come up.
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Interesting in the first picture- the blue plastic cable cover seems to have four ridges there so that you can just pop it in the way you want it (tighter or looser).

Perhaps over time, the cable should be moved down or up one ridge to compensate for loss of lube?


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